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10 Tips for Becoming a Frugal Homemaker

Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

Baking soda and vinegar are cheap to buy, and you can use them to clean almost everything in your house.

For abrasive cleaning jobs, cutting grease, or fighting odors baking soda is your friend. Mixed with just enough water to form a paste, you've got a scrub that's perfect for the tub, stove or sink. Before you do any scrubbing with baking soda, however, make sure you do a small test area, as it can scratch some surfaces. Depending on your task, choose from our excellent list of baking soda recipes to clean your kitchen.

You can also clean your kitchen and any other room of the house with vinegar. Vinegar is perfect for cleaning countertops and can even fight stains on surfaces. Just mix a solution that's one part vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle, and you're ready to spritz and wipe.

For tough cleaning jobs, like clogged drains, you can combine these two powerhouses. To unclog a drain, pour a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of white vinegar. When the baking soda and vinegar volcano erupts, chase it with plenty of boiling water to finish clearing the clog. In the toilet, you can use 1/2 cup each of baking soda and vinegar. Close the lid, and a few minutes later stains should wipe away easily.

Now that the kitchen is all cleaned up, you're ready to get cooking. See how devoting some weekend kitchen time can save you hours during the work week.